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The "act" of feeding a pet, including feeding methods and situations.

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Is it possible to transition a fish from eating only bloodworms to eating flakes and/or pellets?

I have a tank that has two sunfish in it. The older one that I've had for a few years won't eat anything but frozen bloodworms and insects. I've tried being more stubborn than him a few times with no ...
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Two cats eating each other's differently prescribed food

The situation now is that we have a 6 year old cat (no breed) with his special dietary food and a small kitten of 5 months (Mainecoon / Norwegian forest cat mix) with her special kitten food. We don't ...
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How much food is too much for a baby bunny?

We have a baby bunny, around 400 grams (1 pound or so). He has a bed of hay and pellets in the cage and we feed him greens in the morning and evening. However, it seems that no matter how much parsil ...
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Is my cornsnake overweight?

My 3 Year old boy (corn snake) has come back to me after being looked after by a friend for 9 months. I'm concerned about his body shape; he seems to have a pivot where his spine is, with mounds ...
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Is sugar/sweet food safe for cat

I heard that sweet foods like sugar and other sweet things are not safe for dogs. Are sugary and sweet foods not good for cats too? There was a wild baby cat whom I saw today, her mother just died ...
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How to choose the right size of mice for my snakes?

Currently my black headed python is eating 3 medium mice once every 10 days. If he is eating 3 with ease should I upgrade the size of his mice? I also have 2 hatchling jungles that are currently ...
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Feed goldfish off-schedule or skip a day?

I missed feeding time and my goldfish were sleeping by the time I got to them. I thought it would be better to let them be and just feed them the normal amount at feeding time the following day. Was ...
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How wide can a corn snake open it's mouth?

I know snakes can unhinge their jaws when they eat food that is large (rats, large mice, etc.), but I don't know how much that helps them to open their mouth. How wide can adult corn snakes open their ...
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Keeping mealworms alive

We have adopted a "mack snow" leopard gecko this weekend, from the local exotic pet store. She's called Rosie (my 7yo son chose her name). She is being fed on mealworms & crickets, but ...
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My cat has stopped eating wet foods

My almost 2 year old, tortoise shell cat, named Korina, used to eat her wet food really well. She always has fresh water and dry food out for her. She has a set breakfast and dinner time, a pouch in ...
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Alternatives for helping/treating swim bladder issue in betta

I've finally figured out my betta must have a swim bladder issue. Luckily, he's floating at the top of his tank, so I don't have to worry about him struggling to get air. However, I'm struggling to ...
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What food should I give to African gray parrot?

Which feed is suitable for an African gray parrot. Also mention name of that feed and other edible foods for parrot if that specific feed is not available.
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How can I reduce feeding my fish to keep my snail population under control?

I posted the other week about some snails I had noticed in my relatively new tank; where I was warned that it would be wise to get the snail population under control while I can. Sure enough, the ...
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How to care for an orphaned puppy?

After a question about an orphaned puppy (Can I allow my puppy near my breast?) I like to get an answer about the general (extra) care an orphaned puppy needs. What special care did an orphaned puppy ...
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Can a stray kitten eat eggs?

I have many stray cats around, and there's this stray kitten I am feeding whenever I can. Is it safe to feed her boiled eggs a few times a week?
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My pregnant cat is still nursing her 8 month old kittens

My cat is still nursing her kittens that are 8 months old . She recently became pregnant again and delivered 4 kittens that were stillborn. Could that be a cause of her still nursing the kittens from ...
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Why does my dog push his food out of his bowl?

I feed my dogs in their kennels and when one of my dogs eat he pushes a lot to the food onto the ground, but he won't eat the food he pushes on the ground. The food gets all over the place and I don't ...
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How can I get my cat to resume eating her regular food?

I feed my cat a combination of dry and canned cat food. The brand of canned food I use comes in several varieties, including an "indoor" formula which is supposed to contain higher fiber and lower ...
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Is cow's milk safe for young rats?

I've heard that rats like yoghurt, I don't have any though. Is cows milk from a saucer safe for them? NB: They are Rattus norvegicus (Fancy Rats)
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Can I feed an orphaned baby rat cows milk? And how would I do that?

I found an orphaned baby rat, they're small enough that their eyes aren't even open yet, and I don't want to let the little thing die, but I only have access to cow's milk, and I can't go anywhere to ...
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How does chaff compare to hay?

How does chaff compare to hay in terms of nutrition and fibre? For example, does lucerne chaff contain the same protein levels as lucerne hay?
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Cat is not eating like he should

My cat recently stopped eating all of his food and at first I thought it was because he was bored(he was eating the same food for a year) so I got new food and tried to change it slowly but he had no ...
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What could cause a 13 year old diabetic American Eskimo to vomit about an hour after she eats?

I'm pet-sitting my father's 13-year-old American Eskimo for a week. The dog is diabetic and has been for a number of years after contracting erlichiosis and Lyme disease years ago. My father ...
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How can I temporarily feed two cats in Beijing before their food arrives by post?

I find myself unexpectedly catsitting in Beijing, and I'm out of cat food (I'm brand new to this). Yesterday, I assumed I could just go to a random store and buy some cat food, but it doesn't seem ...
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Can the stray cat I am feeding be fine if I am gone for a couple of weeks

Can cats (almost an year old) find food and survive for themselves? TL;DR During my eight months of staying alone in lockdown, I had come across a stray cat in my building (may be ~4-6 months old at ...
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My dog is not eating her food

My dog only likes human food, but I can't give her it, because she vomits. If she doesn't get human food, she won't eat, and is sick, because she weighs 10,5 kg and she should weigh from 16 to 22 kg. ...
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Highly aggressive kittens

Situation: Two kittens (originally three in litter, one died recently) are extremely aggressive around food and in pursuit of food. Their behavior includes slashing, biting, growling, and hissing at ...
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What alternative feeds to hay, grain and legumes can horses eat?

Where we live our state is going through the worst drought in decades. Livestock are dying from starvation. Pasture has died and crops are not producing. Hay, legumes and grain is being trucked in ...
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What waste foods are safe for a pet rat?

My rats have rat food and raw veg. etc, however, are there any foods that I would throw away that would be good for rats? Waste-not-want-not, as my Nan used to say! e.g. Citrus peel or seeds Meat ...
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Am I doing anything wrong with my kitten?

I have a kitten that was born on Thanksgiving. Her mother passed away, so I’ve been taking care of her. She whines a lot and I try to comfort her and she gets scared at first and then comes over and ...
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How can I make my kitten eat kibbles without fear of starving him?

I recently adopted a cat at 9 weeks old. He was already used to eating kibbles and also occasionally wet food (more as a supplement or treat). I bought cat necessities before I adopted a cat, so when ...
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How often should cats eat?

Is it better to leave the bowl always with food, or to put it when it's "time to eat"? My cat has her bowl available 24/7 and I'm starting to worry that she might become obese. She seems to eat very ...
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What indicates whether my outdoor goldfish are healthy or ill?

I keep goldfish in large outdoor pots (homemade ponds). Other than noting their swiftness when surfacing for food, it is difficult to determine if my goldfish are unwell. It is only obvious they are ...
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Twelve-year-old cat never wanted to eat wet food. Is that a problem?

I adopted my male cat Shai from foster care at 2 months of age. The Foster Mod fed them strictly dry kitten food, and brought me an almost full bag of what they were eating. Former cats, and every ...
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Shy and nervous kittens are too scared to eat

I recently adopted two kittens (both are siblings) and since having them I've noticed they are extremely nervous and scared. They only come out when nobody is home, and I'm trying to get them used to ...
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How to stop a cat from breaking glasses?

When my cat drinks water from her water bowl she leaves in peace. But whenever I give her water from another bowl, she drinks then tries to break the glass. She pushes it with her nose and throws it ...
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Tips for encouraging a cat to eat more?

My ~10-year-old cat (male, neutered, indoor-only) has recently has a decline in appetite and corresponding weight loss. We've been to the vet, had X-rays and blood tests (normal), had an ultrasound, ...
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Help! I’m worried about my new kitten. She hasn’t eaten in over a day and I haven't been able to see her in over 12 hours :(

My boyfriend and I adopted a cat from a family friend. She rescued this cat from being outside and was with her for about a week before we got her. We brought her home, and she immediately ran under ...
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Historical pet food recipes

Are there any pet food recipes from yesteryear that can be applied to today’s pets? I think it’ll be a good thought exercise if nothing else.
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Question about getting a mother's milk from another species

Every now and then, I see online about how a baby animal is orphaned and no longer has a mother to give the baby milk, only for another animal of a different species allow that animal to take their ...
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After how many days should I worry when my dog will not eat a new diet?

Our dog spent the last two months on bad food and he got obese. Our trainer suggested he should start on low fat food to loose weight (Welness reduced fat). The first day I gave it to him in the ...
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How to feed outdoor cats when you're away for a month

I have an outdoor cat that my neighbors refuse to feed. Now I have to be absent for one month. How can I feed my cat during my absence?
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Kittens won't stop nursing on mother, and it's killing her. What do I do?

My cat had kittens who are now 6 months old. We re-homed all but three, and all three are still nursing even though they eat solid food and they catch mice, moles, rabbits and eat them too. I had ...
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How to feed stray/wild cat

I do not have a pet, but every other day a cat comes to us for food. This has been going on for a month now. In our part of the world (subcontinent), the stray cats/dogs will eat just about anything. ...
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Extremely sick German shepherd puppies

My puppies have been extremely sick for the past week or so and as of yet they are deteriorating. Their symptoms currently are: - Vomiting upon eating anything more than 10ml, so cannot retain food. - ...
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My cat runs from me all of a sudden when eating

I have a 3 yr old female that I have been spoon feeding wet food since we got her as a kitten. Back then it was the only way she would eat, so it became a habit. Lately she takes a few bites then ...
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My bearded dragon ate BARK?

My bearded dragon is about 8 months old and she looks really healthy. I went back to the pet store to get her some more stuff and the shop owner told me to buy Repti Bark for my bearded dragon. (I'm ...
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How many grams of whale meat is it safe to feed my cat in a week?

I live in Norway, we are able to buy minkie whale meat in some shops. My cat loves whale meat and I feed her around 50 grams once a week. How many grams is it safe to feed in a week? I have asked five ...
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Food for cat with urinary problems?

I have a cat that recently was hospitalized with a urinary blockage. The vet put him on a prescription food for urinary care that comes in both wet and dry varieties. He doesnt like the dry, so we've ...
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Other than fire what concerns are there from sweating hay?

When hay is too moist/wet/green and baled or stacked tightly it can heat up and cause fires (Don’t let your hay profits go up in smoke, Michigan State University) there are multiple reference to this ...

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